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BBC should apologise / Latest relay antenna / SMART' METERS Violate / Declaration of Cynthia Sage / NYS Public Service Commission / Parent pleased / Health threat to mobile users

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Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News 

8 January 2011


BBC should apologise to MPs and to Parliament

We claim that the BBC acted in a most inappropriate and rude manner by posting on-screen comments during Mr Tom Watson's Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on 20th December 2010. These comments, some of which were factually incorrect, contradicted the valid concerns being expressed on behalf of the public by the two MPs. The adversarial comments were displayed to the nation while the MPs were actually speaking. We see this as blatant lobbying by a news organisation. The MPs would not have been aware of the comments.

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Latest relay antenna report: Camouflaging human folly
- Spain: Are the phone companies above the law?





Groups and Two Dozen Local
Governments Renew Demand for Statewide Moratorium

San Francisco-

A study released today reports that wireless 'smart' meters being installed by
PG&E and other utilities in California are likely to violate Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) safety limits as they are being
installed and operated.  Further, the study found
that excessively elevated radiofrequency radiation levels can be expected
throughout homes and businesses where 'smart' meters have been
installed, comparable to living within 200 - 600 feet of a major cell phone
tower in many cases.  Health risks have been
associated in some published studies to levels commensurate with those
of smart meters.  The study, carried out by consulting firm Sage
and Associates, finds that associated health impacts may include
neurological symptoms such as headache, sleep disruption,
restlessness, tremors, cognitive impairment, and tinnitus, as well as increased cancer
risk and heart problems such as arrythmias, altered heart rhythms, and palpitations.[1] [2]

"This study represents an independent refutation of what PG&E and the other
utilities claim are insignificant exposures to microwave radiation from their
meters," says Joshua Hart, Director of Stop Smart Meters!  "The
reality is that 'smart' meters emit radiation of a
power and frequency that has been linked with DNA disruption, pathological
leakage of the blood-brain barrier (which can lead to neuron death), and
many other health impacts.  This report
is the final straw- if the CPUC refuses to act, Governor Brown must
order an immediate halt to installation and deactivation of installed meters
pending open public hearings on how this debacle could have been approved in the
first place."

Hart, Stop Smart Meters!          




Declaration of Cynthia Sage, Sage Associates

January 4, 2011


My name is Cynthia Sage.  I am the owner of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm.  My business address is 1396 Danielson Road, Montecito, California, 93108. I am providing a declaration in support of A.10-04-018.


I have been a professional environmental consultant since 1972.  I hold an M.A. degree in Geology, and a B.A. in Biology (Zoology) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  I am a Senior Fellow, Department of Oncology, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Orebro University, Orebro, Sweden (2008-2011).


I served as a member of the California Public Utilities Commission EMF Consensus Group (1990-1991), the Keystone Center Dialogue for Transmission Line Siting (a national group developing EMF Policy 1991-1992), and of the International Electric Transmission Perception Project.  Between 1977 and 1981, I served as a member of the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers (Department of Consumer Affairs). I am a full member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. I am the co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and a founding member of the BioInitiative Working Group, an international scientific and public health research collabortion.   I was a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara and a founding member of that program, and developed and taught classes in environmental impact assessment from 1972 – 1981.  My publications are attached.


My professional involvement in this area includes constraint analysis, environmental planning, and impact assessment on EMF and radiofrequency radiation siting issues for more than 30 years.  My company has provided professional consulting services to city and county planners, private developers, state and federal agencies and schools with respect to measurement and assessment of EMF as a part of land planning and environmental constraints analysis since 1972.  I have been an expert witness who testifies on EMF computer modeling, impacts on people and property, EMF policy, public perception, visual impairment and land use issues, and have qualified both in state and in federal court proceedings as an expert witness in this area.



1.       Sage Associates has prepared the Assessment of Radiofrequency Microwave Radiation Emissions from Smart Meters [1] to document radiofrequency radiation (RF) levels associated with wireless smart meters in various scenarios depicting common ways in which they are installed and operated. 

5.       The Report includes computer modeling of the range of possible smart meter RF levels that are occurring in the typical installation and operation of a single smart meter, and also multiple meters in California. 

6.       FCC compliance violations are likely to occur under normal conditions of installation and operation of smart meters and collector meters in California, because the public has access to smart meters installed on their homes. 

7.       In addition to exceeding FCC public safety limits under some conditions of installation and operation, smart meters can produce excessively elevated RF exposures, depending on where they are installed.  RF levels are predicted to be substantially elevated within a few feet to within a few tens of feet from the meter(s).

9.  RF levels associated with smart meters under some conditions of installation and operation will produce RF power density levels that exceed those reported in some scientific studies to result in adverse health impacts, including headache, sleep disruption, restlessness, tremor, cognitive impairment, tinnitus, increased cancer risk, and cardiac problems at distances less than 500 meters from cell antennas, or at levels over 0.1 microwatts per centimeter squared.

10.     Consumers may also have already increased their exposures to radiofrequency radiation in the home through the voluntary use of wireless devices (cell and cordless phones), PDAs like BlackBerry and iPhones, wireless routers for wireless internet access, wireless home security systems, wireless baby surveillance (baby monitors), and other emerging wireless applications. 

11.     People who are afforded special protection under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act are not sufficiently acknowledged nor protected. People who have medical and/or metal implants or other conditions rendering them vulnerable to health risks at lower levels than FCC RF limits may be particularly at risk. 

12.     Neither the FCC, the CPUC, the utility nor the consumer know what portion of the allowable public safety limit is already being used up or pre-empted by RF from other sources already present in the particular location a smart meter may be installed and operated. 

13.     Consumers, for whatever personal reason, choice or necessity who have already eliminated all possible wireless exposures from their property and lives, may now face excessively high RF exposures in their homes from smart meters on a 24-hour basis. This may force limitations on use of their otherwise occupied space, depending on how the meter is located, building materials in the structure, and how it is furnished. 

14.     In summary, no positive assertion of safety can be made by the FCC, nor relied upon by the CPUC, with respect to pulsed RF when exposures are chronic and occur in the general population. 3.5.6  Indiscriminate exposure to environmentally ubiquitous pulsed RF from the rollout of millions of new RF sources (smart meters) will mean far greater general population exposures, and potential health consequences. Uncertainties about the existing RF environment (how much RF exposure already exists), what kind of interior reflective environments exist (reflection factor), how interior space is utilized near walls), and other characteristics of residents (age, medical condition, medical implants, relative health, reliance on critical care equipment that may be subject to electronic interference, etc) and unrestrained access to areas of property where meter is located all argue for caution. 

1. Khurana  VG Hardell L Everaert J Bortkiewicz A Carlberg M Ahonen M,  2010.  Epidemiological Evidence for a Health Risk from Mobile Phone Base Stations. Int Journal of Occupational Environmental Health 2010;16:263–267

2. Kundi M Hutter HP  Mobile phone base stations—Effects on wellbeing and health.  Pathophysiology 16 (2009) 123–135

3. Sage C. Carpenter DO.  2009. Public Health Implications of Wireless Technologies. Pathophysiology 16 (2009) 233–246


4. Hardell L Sage C. Biological effect from electromagnetic field exposure and public exposure standards. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy 2008;62:104-109. doi:10.1016/j.bipha.2007.12.004.


5. BioInitiative Working Group, Cindy Sage and David O. Carpenter,  Editors.   BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF) at, August 31, 2007.


6. Carpenter DO Sage CL. 2008.  Setting Prudent Public Health Policy for Electromagnetic Field Exposures.  Reviews on Environmental Health 23(2) 91-117.



Under penalty of perjury, I declare that the facts set forth above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. 

Dated January 4, 2011, at Santa Barbara, California. 


Cynthia Sage




Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 1:29 PM
NYS Public Service Commission "smart" Meters Combined With Other

 Dear Mr. Resca,

I have been using an ELECTROSMOG Anylyser HF 35c to measure the  microwave 
radiation coming from the "smart" meters.

No matter where the meters are located on a property, they pulse many 
times per minute, 24/7 on all home wiring causing everything  electronic 
including  electronic appliances and all (microwave radiation) wireless
technology to burst with dangerously high levels  of radiation.

The "smart" meters also emit these high radiation bursts outside.

The not so "smart" inventors who  invented them never thought of or 
tested the levels of radiation the meters would emit when combined  with 
all other electronic technology.

I have been trying to tell you this since April because of how sick I 
became from this radiation.  Some others are becoming ill from this 
exposure and many have no idea what is wrong with them yet.

 Please stop the "smart" meter program in New York until this is 

 M.  Hertz



Parent pleased with committee recommendations


COLLINGWOOD -- The parent of a child who reportedly has experienced an adverse reaction to Wi-Fi transmitters in his elementary school says he's buoyed by a recommendation that such reactions need to be reported to Health Canada.

As part of a package of recommendations, a parliamentary committee has recommended Health Canada puts in place a process to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices such as Wi-Fi transmitters.

The report also covers electromagnetic frequencies emitted by microwave towers and cellphones, among other man-made devices

While Rodney Palmer says his reaction is "mixed" to the entire report of the Health and Safety Committee on microwave devices, released last month, he is somewhat heartened by that recommendation.

Palmer has been waging a running battle with the Simcoe County District School Board over the issue of wi-fi transmitters in elementary schools; he has kept his children home because he believes the transmitters are related to health concerns, such as headaches, nausea, and heart palpitations.

"It will now be incumbent upon the school board to notify (parents)" about wi-fitransmitters and health concerns, he said.

In Palmer's opinion, the school board is "hiding behind" Health Canada's assertion that Wi-Fi is safe; Health Canada has established the safe limit for human exposure to electromagnetic radiation from various devices under Safety Code 6.

Health Canada has determined safe human exposure is in the frequency range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz. A cellphone operates at a frequency between 800 MHz and 2 GHz, while a Wi-Fi transmitter is considered to operate at level significantly lower than a cellphone.

Palmer has been told by the school board that his son must return to school, or he will have to find an alternative such as home schooling or a private school.

Failing to ensure a child between the ages of six and 16 is attending school carries a $200 fine under the Education Act.

Among the committee's other recommendations with regard to electromagnetic frequencies:

* The Government of Canada consider providing funding to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in support of long-term studies examining the potential health impacts of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.

* Health Canada request that the Council of Canadian Academies or another appropriate independent institution conduct an assessment of the Canadian and international scientific literature regarding the potential health impacts of short and long-term exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, which would include an examination of electromagnetic sensitivity and a comparison of public policies in other countries governing exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation; and report on its findings.

* Health Canada and Industry Canada develop a comprehensive risk awareness program for exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, which would include Health Canada making public in an accessible and transparent way all the studies and analyses undertaken by the Department on the impact of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on human health, as well as the provision of information promoting the safe use of wireless technologies.

* Health Canada and Industry Canada offer to provide information, including awareness sessions on exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.


Health threat to mobile users: JNU study

The Hindu
An ongoing study on radiation from mobile towers and mobile phones at the
 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has found that the exposure to radiation from ...

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